The Legends and Eddy
ARGYLE Legends returned to the pitch, after a six-month hiatus, as they travelled to Holmans Football Club to play Camborne FC in a special charity game organised by Argyle fan Zak Rowe in order to raise money for Argyle star Ryan Edwards’ chosen charity, Teenage Cancer Trust.
Eddy was at the game, and indeed gave his name to the trophy, after last week finding out the terrific news that he had beaten testicular cancer.
Ryan presented the trophy to Argyle Legends following an 11-2 victory, although the lopsided scoreline seemed unlikely for much of the evening.
The Legends soon leapt into their stride against a young and enthusiastic Camborne side and opened the scoring after three minutes when Mark Rowe curled a sublime free kick into the top corner of the net. Argyle were indebted to debutant goalkeeper John Dent for pulling off several smart saves as the home side gave a good account of themselves.
The Legends then doubled their lead just over half an hour into the game when evergreen striker Bradley Swiggs scored the first of his six goals with a tap in at the far post, following a great run and cross by Stewart Yetton. In the 38th minute the Legends were forced into their first change of the afternoon when influential midfielder Ryan Cross hobbled off to be replaced by substitute Lee Coxon.
In the 42nd minute the hosts reduced the arrears when the home forward skipped past three challenges, before shooting under keeper Dent. However, any hopes Camborne had of finishing the half strongly was scuppered just two minutes later when Swiggs headed home his second after a pinpoint cross from David Byrne to make it 3-1.
The Legends made four changes at half time with Paul Maxwell,Leigh Cooper,David Byrne and Mark Rowe being replaced by Spencer Cooper, Geoff Battams, Shaun Sullivan and Mark Damerell respectively.
On the hour mark, Swiggs made it 4-1 to the Legends and completed his hat-trick when he coolly slotted home a penalty after Yetton was fouled but gamely the hosts scored again not long after to make the score 4-2.
This stung the Legends into action and as the home side visibly tired the Legends scored 7 more goals in the last 20 minutes to run out winners by 11 goals to two, with three goals from Swiggs, two from Yetton and one from both Feeney and Damerell.
A bucket collection, raffle and auction took place and raised a grand total of £1,500.48 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The Legends will be springing back into action again on Sunday, April 22, when they play their annual fixture against Chestnut Rovers to raise funds for Prostate Cancer. The game will be played at Plymouth Marjon Univeristy and has a 12.30apm kick-off.
Argyle Legends: John Dent, Paul Maxwell (Geoff Battams half-time), Paul Edwards, Danny O'Hagan, Leigh Cooper (Spencer Cooper half-time), David Byrne (Shaun Sullivan half-time), Warren Feeney, Ryan Cross (Lee Coxon 38mins), Mark Rowe (Mark Damerell half-time), Stewart Yetton, Bradley Swiggs.